Olympics: Scotty James wins bronze in dramatic snowboard final

Winter Olympics 2018: Moment of truth awaits Aussie snowboarder Scotty James

That soon fell by the wayside as Ayumu Hirano of Japan scored a 95.25 on his second run only to be topped by Australian Scotty James' 96.75.

ScottyJames hits the snow during the final.

White, who missed the podium in Sochi four years ago, put together an "unreal" qualifying run and said that his best is yet to come in the final.

Since he earned the top score from the two qualifying runs, he will take the halfpipe last in each of the three runs on Tuesday night.

Scotty James flies high at Phoenix Snow Park.

The 31-year-old has the opportunity to win his third individual gold and the 100th gold at the Winter Olympics for the United States.

James becomes the second Australian medallist of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics after Matt Graham won silver in the moguls.

"I came out and did it the Australian way".

Although the American sits atop the halfpipe throne for now, Hirano and James are expected to break out every possible move in their bag of tricks to stop him from earning his third gold.

"You can expect to see a lot more of me in the future".

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"I wish I had landed my second run but it is what it is".

"I think I displayed that as well is I could".

An emotional James said it had been a "tough journey" to get to the Olympics, but the experience had been an "incredible ride".

James is a two-time halfpipe victor at the World Championships, and he earned the No. 1 ranking in the FIS World Cup standings last season.

Australia's other finalist, Kent Callister, finished 10th.

"I'm just grateful to be standing up on the podium and honestly with all my family here and being able to fly the flag at the Opening Ceremony".

Team USA are threatening to clean up in snowboarding in South Korea, winning all four competitions so far.

The 99th gold was earned by 17-year-old Chloe Kim, who captured the women's halfpipe title easily on Monday night.

He has been determined to show snowboarding's next generation that he is no spent force after scoring a controversial flawless 100 in Colorado last month that sparked accusations of favouritism. Hats off to Hirano as well. "I gave it a hard crack", James said.

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